Tulum, an important Mayan archaeological site sits right on the coast overlooking the turquoise Caribbean waters. Tulum is one of the most representative Mayan ruins of the Riviera Maya. By the time the Toltecs had annexed the Mayan lands to their vast territories, Tulum was a thriving merchant port and remained so until the Spanish arrived in 1518.
Tulum means ''wall'' in the Mayan language. The conquerors were amazed by the beauty, size and strength of this ancient fortress built on a cliff, overlooking the beautiful Caribbean Sea below. At the time it was built, the Mayan art of sculpting in stone had degraded to a large extent. What was lost, as far as intricate decoration and grandiose architectural concern, is made up for by the beauty of the location.
It is an excellent site to see as it gives visitors an introduction to the Mayan civilization. The duration of this activity is 4 hours.